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This green power smoothie has enough greens for a salad, plenty of protein (thanks to a scoop of protein powder) and some of my favorite fruits.  Don’t let the green color turn you off. The fruit dominates the flavor and it actually tastes more like a sweet tropical treat than a handful of green veggies.

Pouring a green smoothie into a glass.

This power smoothie makes an excellent recovery drink and it has all the nutrients you need for a healthy start to your day. It is chock full of super healthy wholesome fruits and vegetables.

Jut take a look at the nutrition label below our recipe card and you will see there is 46 grams of sugar in this smoothie but it all comes from the fruit. There is no refined sugar added to this healthy smoothie. 

Ingredients in a green power smoothie:

Here is the list of ingredients we used in our power smoothie. 

A blender container with a freshly made green power smoothie.
  • Fresh arugula. Arugula is loaded with vitamin A and K and has a bit of a peppery flavor. 
  • Fresh spinach. Spinach is a great source of iron and calcium. 
  • Protein powder. An easy way to pack in your needed protein for the day. 
  • Green grapes. Stick a handful in the freezer the night before you make the smoothie.
  • Green apple. Sticking to the green theme, the green apple adds a tart flavor. 
  • Banana. Peel the banana and pop it in the freezer the night before. 
  • Pineapple chunks. We purchased a bag of frozen pineapple to make things easy. 

How to make a green power smoothie:

It really doesn’t get any easier than this. Grab your ingredients and a couple of cups of water. Start with the water and the greens, give them a good whirl in the blender. As long as the arugula and spinach are very well pureed, the bitter flavors will hide behind the sweet fruit. 

After the greens are well-blended toss in the rest of the ingredients and blend. Start the blender on low then gradually increase the speed to high. 

A glass filled with a green power smoothie.

Tips for making a green power smoothie:

  • Make sure the lid is on the blender! ?
  • Frozen fruit will give the smoothie a thick texture. Put the fruit in the freezer several hours before you make the smoothie. 
  • Add additional water if the smoothie is too smooth. 
  • We think the fruit makes this smoothie very sweet but you can add a touch of sweetener if you want. 

More Drink Recipes 

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  • Our strawberry protein smoothie is low in fat and packed with protein and frozen strawberries. This thick and creamy smoothie makes a great workout recovery drink. 
  • Joe’s special hash is a great way to start your day. It is low in carbs and high in protein and fiber. 
  • This blueberry banana baked oatmeal is almost like eating dessert for breakfast except it is healthy. It tastes like your eating bread pudding but it is loaded with wholesome oats. 

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Pouring a green smoothie into a glass.

Green Power Smoothie

Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

A power-packed quick and delicious smoothie full of nutrition and flavor. This is a delicious way to power you through the day or recover from a long workout.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup (packed) fresh arugula
  • 1 cup (packed) fresh spinach
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • 1 cup frozen green grapes
  • 1/2 green apple
  • 1/2 banana (frozen)
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks

Instructions

  1. Place water and arugula and spinach into a blender and process until smooth.
  2. Stop the blender and add the rest of the ingredients. Process on low while increasing the speed gradually to high. Blend for 30 seconds. Add additional water if thicker than desired.

Notes

  • Freezing the fruit make a thick, smooth texture.
  • Add additional cold water in small increments for a less thick texture.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 286Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 104mgCarbohydrates: 58gFiber: 7gSugar: 46gProtein: 17g

Nutrition information is a guideline only, is calculated automatically by third-party software, and absolute accuracy is not guaranteed.

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Pat Nyswonger

Pat is a wife, mom of four adult children, and grandmother to seventeen beautiful children. She is a self-taught home cook and loves creating delicious meals for her family and friends. Her kitchen is the hub of activity in her home, and she loves to entertain.

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Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

Tuesday 11th of March 2014

I have to admit that it took me a long time to be able to drink a bright green smoothie. I don't know what it was about the color but I was fine if I closed my eyes. I'm okay with it now but it took a month or so.

This does sound good!

Pat

Tuesday 11th of March 2014

How funny, Maureen, that is exactly why I had balked for forever. Maybe it is the 'kid' in us as it is a known fact that kids do not like green food. :)

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